June 2011 #190

Popular Woodworking June 2011 issueOur cover story for the June 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking is on the stacking bookcases of Monticello. Editor Christopher Schwarz builds reproductions of the book boxes that held the foundation for the Library of Congress.

The editors submit for your approval the 130 best books on woodworking. Fight ignorance in just 15 minutes a day with our collection of these must-haves.

Senior Editor Glen D. Huey uses unconventional techniques to build a traditional inlaid tea caddy.

Author Jim Tolpin shares the secrets of the sector. Just two sticks and one hinge will eliminate math and layout errors in your work.

Discover how Gary Rogowski uses simple tools, techniques and joinery to deliver elegant results in this ash jewelry box.

Executive Editor Robert W. Lang shows how to choose and make full use of a must-have measuring and layout tool – the combination square.

In this month’s Tool Test, we check out the new set of Sweet Heart Chisels from Stanley, the new Wenzloff & Sons no-set saw and the new Grex brad nailer.

In Design Matters, George R. Walker profiles toolmaker and furniture designer Konrad Sauer.

In our ever popular I Can Do That section, Robert W. Lang makes a set of stacking boxes to fit your books – and your space.

Bob Flexner discusses lacquer thinner in Flexner on Finishing.

Roy Anderson discusses his personal woodworking philosophy in Workshop Radicals.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, etc.) are found within each individual article.

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Monticello’s Stacking Bookcases

Thomas Jefferson’s book boxes became the foundation of the Library of Congress. By Christopher Schwarz Pages 24-29 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now I like to think of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library as America’s first “bookmobile.” When the British burned down the nation’s capitol in 1814, the inferno took with it many...

Jasmine Jewelry Box

Simple tools, techniques & joinery deliver elegant results. By Gary Rogowski Pages46-51 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now It’s the stuff of arguments: Which tools in the shop are really the most important for joinery? It’s almost like arguing the top movie or the best shortstop of...

Caddy for Your Tea, Governor?

Use unconventional techniques to create a traditional tea caddy. by Glen D. Huey pages 36-39 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now England began to import tea about the middle of the 17th century. When first introduced, tea was expensive, so it was a drink affordable only to the wealthy. That, of...

The Craft Classics in Just 5′

Fight woodworking ignorance 15 minutes each day. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 30-35 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now In 1910, Harvard University President Charles W. Eliot laid out a plan that allowed every man and woman to get the basics of a liberal education by reading for 15 minutes a day...

Secrets of the Sector

Just 2 sticks and 1 hinge will eliminate both math and errors from your layout work. By Jim Tolpin Pages:40-45 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now If you haven’t heard of the sector, it probably means you aren’t an artisan or a ship’s navigator living and working in the 17th and 18th...

Combination Squares

Choosing and using this must-have measuring and layout tool. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 52-55 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now In 1878, Laroy S. Starrett designed and patented the combination square. His invention was a multipurpose layout and measuring tool for machinists and it was rapidly adopted in the trade. Woodworking books...

End Grain: Workshop Radicals

Farewell TV, DVDs and http. By Roy Anderson Page 64 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now One of my more serious-minded friends asked me why I was a woodworker. I replied that I’m just here to have a good time playing in my woodshop. No, he insisted. That’s not good enough....

Flexner on Finishing: Lacquer Thinner

This solvent is unique. By Bob Flexner Pages: 58-60 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now Lacquer thinner is the thinner used for all types of lacquer (not waterbased finishes, which are sometimes misrepresented as “lacquer”). These include the most common lacquer – nitrocellulose lacquer, colorless CABacrylic lacquer and the most durable...